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Our story


Communication is a basic form of exchanging information between resources and people in order to get a message across. Throughout the evolution of the humankind, many communities have used different kinds of communication such as oral, writing and sign language.

Oral or written forms are the dominant way of communicating, despite these forms, people with hearing and/or speaking challenges are unable to communicate orally. Hence, globally, millions of non-hearing and hard of hearing people use sign language as a form of communication.

Citizens have a duty to recognise and promote the use of sign languages, and to ensure that sign languages across the globe share the same status as spoken languages. Furthermore, government, private sectors and communities are encouraged to facilitate the learning of sign language.

Amongst other leaders, technologists, policy makers, researchers, technologists, linguistics and citizens have made extensive attempts to come up with robust means to promote the use of sign language in public, private and social settings. However, communication between the hearing and non-hearing people is still a challenge, due most people might not understand or exposed to sign language, and even the use of an interpreters or translators has its own challenges.

Locally, the promotion and facilitation equitable treatment and management of language is anchor in the Use of Official Languages Act, 2012. Furthermore, in the spirit of advancing the use of the SASL, South African (SA) Government launched the Sign Language Charter that to compel all government departments, as well as the private sector to make provisions for South African Sign Language Interpreting and guarantees access to services for Deaf persons in public spaces.

However, there is neither enough efforts from citizens to actively learn sign language nor the communication systems readily available to enable seamless sign language communication


Human-computer interaction

Human-computer interaction 1) Where it is near impossible to advance human interactions across different communities, technology and innovation are intended to play an increasingly important role in promoting everyday communication and quality of life amongst communities.

2) In response to some of the interventions, since 2017 and with the use of technology, REAH has brought a platform that promote everyday communication and quality of life amongst those who need sign language communication services, tools and systems. .


Vision

At REAH, technology and innovation are explored to play an increasingly important role in promoting everyday use of sign language. REAH vision is to build human-computer interactions using devices and software to recognize and facilitate sign language communication, deliver apps to learn sign language and up-to-date daily vocabulary, access to a wide range of sign language related services, and provide an open digital platform for sign language..


Goal

Our goal is to come up with robust human-machine centered solutions which are cost effective and less cumbersome. REAH has put together a team of technologist, computer engineers, sign language advisors, interpreters, marketers and business analysts to attempt where it is near impossible to advance human interactions across different communities..


REAH Highlights


  in 2019, launched REAH app which is packed with Deaf related services including the find a SASL interpreter, and Games for Deaf Kids features.

  by 2020, we unboxed REAHC9 solution that remotely connects anyone to a digital sign language interpreter through the enablement of wearable technology and app-based facilitation.

  Launching soon, first quarter of 2022, REAH xsl pronounces as REAH E-x-c-e-l, an e-learning platform to discovery and learn anything in Sign Language e.g South African (SASL) and Kenyan (KSL)Sign Languages.



REAH Response


Since digital revolution and human-machine interactions are forever impacting almost every aspect of our daily lives, the Deaf community should not be left behind. REAH is on a drive to:,

  build a Digital Deaf Community through devices and software that are used to recognize sign language gestures.

  deliver apps and platforms to learn sign language daily vocabulary, and access wide range of Deaf related service.

  and, provide an open digital platform for anyone to discovery and learn anything in SASL.




Products and Solutions

REAH means ‘hear’ spelled backwards.

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REAH C9

Wearable solution to recognise SASL.

Become an early adopter of this “first-in-class” solution:

 For facilitating communication between the Deaf and hearing persons.
 Remote interpretation services
 thus reducing the cost of services
 and observing the necessary COVID-19 regulations.

REAH App

Wide range of Sign language related services.

Your daily tool for South African Sign Langauge (SASL):

 Search for SASL sign videos
 My Classroom
 Connect to a interpretation, anywhere.
 Billing and Payment
 Free online Sudoku in sign language.


Sign Language Interpreter

Full realization of diversity and promote the use of sign language at work, school, etc.


REAH EDUCATIONAL BURSARY

BURSARY APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021 ACADEMIC YEAR ARE CLOSED.

About REAH bursary

The purpose for REAH Educational Bursary Programme is to invest in Deaf candidates who wish to study a course(s) of their choice and make that dream come true!

Requirements: South African citizen, proof of acceptance at a registered South African university, 18-30 years old.
To qualify for the bursary writing an essay (maximum 500 words) on the following questions:
1. Why do you want to study the course of your choice?
2. How will your studies help the Deaf Community?
For more info visit https://bursary.reah.co.za

Terms and conditions apply.

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